Apple Mint Tabouleh

Apple Mint Tabouleh

It’s been such a short weekend for us this week. Mr. Man and I went out yesterday to see his grandparents. They’re moving at the end of this month to North Carolina. We’re really sad to see them go, but overall I do think it’s definitely in their best interest. The cost of living there is so much lower, and with their fixed income that’s absolutely key. They will also have more family closer by to visit with. This month will probably be pretty busy as we try and squeeze as many visits as we can between now and then. I feel a little guilty that we hardly ever had the time to visit them as much as we’d like – especially in this last year, but I’m glad to know that they will be getting out of that terrible little apartment they’ve been in for so long.

We took them out to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop – and it was everything you’d think it would be – a completely contrived and ridiculous movie with many, many cringe worthy parts. But Grandma seemed to enjoy it. Afterward we took them out to the Elephant Bar (their choice) for dinner. Even Miss Thing was (mostly) behaving. We did have to talk to her about her texting a little bit (Hey – you don’t text during dinner at home – don’t do it here!) but overall, it was quite the pleasant evening. Mr. Man and I split the lamb shanks and the sliders plate – and I’m really thinking I need to recreate those sliders one of these days.

Anyhow, when I got home I was too tired and full to cook, but this afternoon I made this lovely Tabouleh styled salad. It all started the other day while I was at Whole Foods, picking up some fresh herbs and such. I came across the most beautiful mint. I generally like mint in light, summery dishes – and it was such a beautiful day outside and I thought that it would be lovely to use it in some way. But I ran out of time that evening, the next day we were visiting the grandparents, and then today – Of course, the rain started up again, and it became entirely too cold and dreary to make anything too light.

I kicked around, back and forth, back and forth – and finally became completely inspired with this dish. I’m still working through those Granny Smith Apples I have, their tangy sweetness combined with the bright lemon and hint of mint is simply divine. It is fresh and light enough to evoke spring and summer, but still hearty enough to be substantial on such a cold, gloomy day. Definitely an excellent way to chase of the glooms.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Bulgur Wheat
  • 2 cups St0ck
  • 2 tbls Butter
  • 2 Apples; Cored and Diced
  • 1 bunch Green Onion; sliced
  • 1 Lemon; zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley; finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Mint; Finely Chopped
  • Kosher Salt

Method:

  • In a small pot; bring the stock, butter and a couple pinches of kosher salt to a simmer
  • Stir in Bulgur Wheat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and Bulgur is at desired texture
  • Set Bulgur wheat aside to cool to (around) room temperature
  • In a medium sized bowl toss the apples, lemon, mint, parsley and onions together to coat.
  • Stir in the Bulgur Wheat
  • Serve or Refrigerate

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